Stephen (Steve) Johnson

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Member of the Silver Stringers
Contributor to the Melrose Mirror

Stephen W. Johnson was born on March 6, 1937 in Boston to parents living on Gould Street in Melrose. Steve attended the Lincoln School for eight years graduating in 1951 and going on to Melrose High School where he graduated in 1955.

While Steve was in the U.S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959, his parents moved to North Reading, MA. In 1960, Steve started work as a computer field engineer with Honeywell's E.D.P. Division in Brighton, Ma, married Gabrielle Montagne of St. Albans, Vermont, and moved to Andover. It was a busy year!

In 1973, Steve accepted a company transfer to Honeywell's new Phoenix, Arizona facility and moved his family to nearby Glendale, AZ. In 1988, having sold their computer division to the French company, Bull, Honeywell-Bull gave Steve a "career adjustment opportunity," better known as a layoff.

For the next ten years, until he retired in 1999, Steve worked for a local Phoenix aerospace machine shop as a truck driver. Steve and his wife Gabrielle lived in Glendale, AZ with their three daughters and their families, including seven grandchildren, living nearby.

In June 2004 they moved to Peoria, Arizona (not Illinois). It's just about 12 miles up the road from the old house of 31 years in Glendale. Like moving from Malden to Melrose.

In retirement, Steve enjoys his amateur radio and computer hobbies, Arizona Diamondback's baseball, reading and, of course, writing.

This is photo of Gabrielle (Gaby) and me in the Computer Room where the Melrose Mirror is produced. It was taken during a visit to Melrose and the Silver Stringers.
This a link to the article written about our visit. "Visitors..."


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Additional Articles by Steve Johnson:
id 7068 The Day the Bomber flew over our house -- Features - 4/4/03
id 7243 What is a child -- Poetry - 5/2/03
id 7459 Running Naked on Pleasant Street -- Features - 7/3/03
id 7750 Baseball in Melrose -- History - 8/1/03
id 7751Baseball in Melrose, conclusion -- History - 9/5/03
id 7957 Lennies-on-the-Turnpike -- Random Thoughts 10/03/03
id 8133 I love meatloaf -- Food menu 11/7/03
id 7966 Beginnings -- Features 12/05/03
id 8862 The turkey shoot -- Remembering WWII 2/6/04
id 9328 I=E/R in 13 couplets -- Poetry 6/4/04
id 10143 Some Melrose Characters from the 1940s -- Here is Melrose - History - 11/05/04
id 10221 Christmas in Melrose, 1905 -- Here is Melrose - History - 11/5/04
id 10255 The early days of word processing -- Features 1/10/05
id 10350 Tempus fugit -- Poetry 2/04/05
id 10673 The MHS Class of 1955 -- Features 5/6/05
id 10684 50 years ago - Part II -- Features 6/3/05
id 10949 50 years ago - Part III -- Features 7/1/05
id 11189 Two movies and a book -- Reviews 9/2/05
id 11270 Prelude to a reunion -- Features 10/07/05
id 11639 My New Cousin -- Features 1/6/06
id 12685 Tragedy in Melrose -- Here is Melrose 10/06/06
id 12884 The times are changing -- Features 11/03/06
id 12967 Those were the days - Radio Days -- Features 12/1/06
id 14741 Suddenly I was aware of Lennies --Letters to 4/4/08
id 15131 More on Lennie's on the Pike --Letters 8/1/08
id 15173 Flying home in a B-25 --Random Thoughts 9/3/08
id 15692 The Tomato --Features 2/6/09
id 15724 Some Arizona baseball stories --Features 3/6/09
id 18449 Even more on "Lennie's on the Turnpike" --Features 8/5/11
**Dave Powers - id 20055 Baseball in Melrose, as it was in the '50s -- Features 2/1/13
id 20109 The Paperboys of Hinchey's -- History 3/1/13
**Jim Flynn - id 20096Malden reader remembers Lennie's on the Pike -- Letters to 3/1/13
id 20084 When Steve was the king -- Random Thoughts 4/5/13
id 20407 Word arrives from Phoenix -- Photography 6/7/13
id 20359 The sports scene, circa 1953 -- Features 6/7/13
id 20350 Lawrence Tower -- Letters to.. 6/7/13
id 20715 Gabrielle puzzles over jigsaw shadows -- Random Thoughts 10/4/13
id 21372 Summer reading -- Letters to 6/7/14
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Arizona Stringer introduces -- Letters to 6/7/14
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Smoking Darn Near Killed Him (Korea 1958-1959) by Dave Powers -- History 6/7/14